Connacht’s Shane Delahunt ruled out for the rest of the season


Connacht hooker Shane Delahunt has been ruled out for the rest of the season. Delahunt suffered a hamstring injury in the 56-8 defeat to Edinburgh, at the beginning of March, and has since undergone surgery.
It’s a huge blow for Connacht who play Leinster in the last 16 of the Champions Cup, twice, next month. The Birr native has played in 15 of Connacht’s 17 games this season. He started six of them, sharing the position predominantly with Dave Heffernan. Heffernan will return on Saturday when they take on Leinster in the URC, at the Sportsground.
In other team news Jonny Murphy will provide back-up to Heffernan. Dylan Tierney-Martin is due back shortly after a year long hamstring problem.
Alex Wootton will miss this weekend’s clash with Leinster with a foot injury but the province are hopeful the winger will be back to take on Leinster next month. Prop Tietie should be back for the European games.
Bundee Aki, Mack Hansen and Fin lay Bealham will not be available for Saturday’s game following their Six Nations campaign but out-half Jack Carty will be back along with Heffernan.
With Connacht facing Leo Cullen’s men three times in the space of a month captain Jarrad Butler admitted: “I haven’t been in a situation like that before. But the other, the Champions Cup games, we haven’t really started to focus about them. Right now we have out ourselves under pressure with the URC. We have five games left and realistically we have to win four of them to make the play-offs. We know that’s the case but all we can do is focus on one game at a time.”